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DCA, Diploma in Computer Applications, is a one-year diploma course in the field of Computer Applications which involves study of numerous computer applications such as MS Office, Internet Applications, Operating System, Database Management System (DBMS), HTML among other subjects.

The course curriculum ensures to provide an aspirant a deeper knowledge of the subject as well as will make the student technology friendly.

In order to be eligible to apply for this course, candidates are required to have a high school degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized board with a decent percentage.

Generally, this program imparts specialisation in the following fields:

  • Basics computer skills
  • MS Office applications
  • ERP basics
  • Internet basics
  • E-Business
  • Software hacking & IT security
  • PC assembly and trouble-shooting
  • Software engineering

DCA Course Highlights

Some of the major highlights of the course are as follows:

DCA Course highlight

Course Level



6-12 months




10+2 from a recognised board

Admission Process

Direct admission to colleges

Course Fee

INR 5,000 - 20,000

Average Starting Salary

INR 2-5 lakh

Top Recruiting Organizations

Sardius, AARDEE Solutions, Zenith IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, Fortune hub, Blossoms Infotech

Top Recruiting Areas

Accounting, Database Handling, Basic Computer Applications, and others

Top Job Profiles

Computer Operator, Web Designer, Accountant, Software Developer, C++ Developer, etc

DCA course eligibility

  • Students aspiring to pursue Diploma in Computer Applications (DCA) course must have completed their higher school/ 10 + 2 from a recognized board. 
  • Choosing Computers as their main or optional subject after class 10 will give students an additional edge over others.
  • Apart from this no other eligibility criteria is set for aspirants. No minimum cutoff is required.

DCA course syllabus

Candidates can go through the DCA course syllabus below:

DCA Course Syllabus

Introduction to Computers

Project management

Principles of programming

Unix operating system

Programming language database

Management Information Systems

Work processing and Spreadsheet

Financial accounting system

System analysis and design


Computer Graphics


DCA Course: Career prospects

Following are the few fields students can look at after pursuing this program but prior work experience and job profile are a must:

  • Networking & Internetworking
  • Database Development & Administration
  • Programming - Development tools, languages
  • Technical writing
  • Software design & engineering
  • Graphic design and animation
  • Web/ e-commerce development

In this industry, one can earn from Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000 per month basis one's job profile and work experience. candidates can check the job profiles and their salaries in the table below:

Job Position

Job Description

Average Annual Salary in Rs

Computer Operator

A Computer Operator monitors and controls the computer and attached data processing equipment.

2-3 lakh

Web Designer

A web designer is the one who creates the outlook, layout, and features of a website. His job includes keeping the site up-to-date and debugs site errors.

4-5 lakh


He prepares assets, liability and capital account entries in the concerned business accounts.

1-2 lakh

Software Developer

He is the one who plays a key role in designing, installation, testing, updating and maintenance of software systems.

3-5 lakh